New Family Dollar planned for Macon needs zoning variance

lmorris@macon.comJuly 12, 2014 

A new dollar store is planned in east Macon.

The Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission is expected to consider Monday a variance in rear yard setback requirements and a variance in parking requirements to allow a Family Dollar at 2035 Shurling Drive.

The company is planning to build a 9,200-square-foot store on a 1.5-acre tract on Shurling at Regent Street.

The variances are necessary because the property’s triangular shape “limits adherence to storm water quality requirements” from the county engineer, according to the commission’s staff report.

In another matter, a conditional-use permit is requested for 5935 Zebulon Road to allow the Murphy Oil fuel center in front of Wal-Mart to expand its kiosk. The commission approved the existing 183-square-foot fuel center with four gas pumps in 2003.

The current proposal would allow 151 square feet to be added to the existing kiosk.

“This addition will accommodate retail sales of the items previously displayed outside of the kiosk,” the staff report states.

The meeting begins at 1:30 p.m. in the 10th floor conference room in the Willie C. Hill City Hall Annex, 682 Cherry St.

Other items on the agenda are:


2730 Pio Nono Ave.: Conditional use to allow a produce/farmer’s market with outside sales and storage, C-2 District. Louis Glidewell, applicant.

3900 Lake St.: Conditional use to allow a church in an existing building, M-1 District. Daniel Blackshear, Word Indeed Ministries, applicant.


546 Poplar St.: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow exterior modifications, CBD-1 District. Kevin Reeves, Bryan Nichols, applicant.

1429 Oglethorpe St.: Certificate of Appropriateness to allow design approval of a sign, HR-3 District. The Sign Store, Eye Center of Central Georgia, applicant.


5131 Smoke Rise Drive: Variance in side yard setback requirements to allow a carport addition, R-1AAA District. David Lee, Georgia Lee, applicant.

8267 Lower Thomaston Road: Variance in height requirements and design requirements to allow a fence, R-1AAA District. James Wagner, Mildred Wagner, applicant.

305 Willow Cove Court: Variance in setback requirements and variance in height requirements to allow a fence, R-1AAA District. Larry Thomas, applicant.

305 Buford Place: Variance in setback and height requirements to allow a fence, HR-1 District. Ryan Willis, applicant.


3960 Riverside Drive: Variance in distance requirements and variance in sign area requirements to allow an electronic graphic display (EGD) sign, C-2 District. Sean King, Best Signs Inc., applicant.

1429 Oglethorpe St.: Variance in aggregate sign area requirements to allow a monument sign, HR-3 District. The Sign Store, Eye Center of Central Georgia, applicant.


5400 General Harris Drive: In violation of Section 27.05, Section 4.07 [1] (a) (ii), Section 4.07 [1] (a) (iii), and Section 9.06 [2] (c) of the Comprehensive Land Development Resolution (carport erected without a Zoning Compliance, carport erected in the front yard, carport that does not meet the minimum distance from the main dwelling), R-1A District. Maverick Bivins, Pamela Bivins.

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